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Forum topic by Ohhson posted 01-19-2015 03:45 PM 692 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-19-2015 03:45 PM

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This is not a skill I possess, rather it is a skill I’m looking to acquire. Does anyone have a tip or technique or know of a tool for this. I need to cut 1 1/2” diameter discs from 1/4” board stock, without a hole of any kind through the disc. Thought of just slicing from a dowel rod, but the end grain is not the look I’m going for. Any help would be appreciated.


-- Ohhson, Fire Pit Woodworks

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#1 posted 01-19-2015 04:24 PM

Dang. No hole. Hmm. All I can think of is a holesaw without the lesd bit on drill press bit it eould leave a rough edge. Or cut some thick stock on a band saw with a circle jig running a thin blade then slice it like salami. Only the bottom disc will have a hole. I’m stumped. Good luck.

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#2 posted 01-19-2015 04:37 PM

The latest Woodsmith had a tip on how to do that. You take a block of wood smaller than the disc doublestick tape it to the center of the disc. shorten your pilot bit or lengthen the cutter. The block of wood serves as a guide for the bit allowing the cutter to cut the circle before the bit contact the lower piece of wood.

Just read your post again. 1 1/4” you might be able to clamp the wood tightly to the drill press table and remove the pilot bit from the hole saw and cut them that way. If it was any bigger than 1 1/4” I wouldn’t try it.

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#3 posted 01-19-2015 04:41 PM

Router with a bushing and use a template or straight bit w/bearing? Bandsaw/scrollsaw/jigsaw and clean up on a disc sander? Holesaw on a drill press as suggested above? Turn a spindle on a lathe and slice off 1/4” pieces? Depends on what tools you have available.


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